Breaking News: Twitter and Interior Design

Today, I was honored to be listed amongst 12 Interior Designers to follow on Twitter by  The article  by Rob Jones on BuildDirect’s blog follows in its entirety – mostly because I still haven’t learned trackbacks.  Any experts out there?  Please let me know!  I have also attached the original link at the end.

This great group of women tweeters includes many with whom I have built relationships over the last year via social media.  We are from all over the country and not only do we tweet, but also we are fans on each other’s Facebook pages and follow (and comment) on each other’s blogs.   Most of us participated in #IDzinechat last month with another one coming soon.   These women below are reinventing interior design via social media.  Stay tuned…we are shakin’ things up!

12 Interior Design Gurus You Should Follow on Twitter

by Rob Jones on March 8, 2010

Twitter has been a powerful tool for us here at BuildDirect.  It’s allowed us to invite people into our world here a bit, give away some advice, and get some advice back in return about the world of building projects and DIY renos. There are lots of people out there who are just as eager to share their expertise as we are.

In this first official addition of our Gurus to Follow on Twitter series, we’re going to take a look at 12 interior designers on Twitter who are not only thought-leaders and innovators in their industry, but are also highly personable people too who are actively creating useful content, and are likely to follow back.   Take a look.

1. @Debbie_Travis


Interior designer, entrepreneur,  speaker, author, charity advocate, and TV presenter (among many other things), Debbie Travis is the trusted, go-to voice for stylish interior design ideas for the average person.  Oprah Winfrey calls her ‘the master of paint and plaster’.  Visit to find out more.

2. @DebbieWiener


Debbie is author of the book Slob Proof, which is a guide to pet and family-friendly interior designs.   Her no-nonsense and realistic approach to interior design is matched in appeal only to her sense of humor.  Debbie has been featured in national newspapers and magazines (USAToday, Washington Post) and on nationally syndicated television and radio shows, too.

3. @WandaSHorton


Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Wanda is a sought-after interior designer who believes in adding the best experience of design, no matter what kind of space you’ve got.  She’s also an active blogger.  You can read and subscribe to (or subscribe to and read, if you will) her blog at

4. @KimberleySeldon


Filling out her interests in design, Kimberley is a speaker, journalist, and broadcast personality, operating in both the United States and Canada.  Kimberley is Decorating Editor of Canada’s Style at Home magazine and author of the book 500 Ideas for Small Spaces.

5. @AveryDesign (Catherine J Avery)


Catherine sees the interior design process as collaborative, a philosophy which is at the forefront of her company Avery Design.  A former Wall Street marketing executive, she discovered her flair and passion for interior design was her true calling.  Visit Catherine’s website at

6. @HomeWorkshop (Kathy Barlow)


Not only is Kathy a self-professed ‘design junkie’, she’s also a passionate community builder, taking her own love for creative interiors and inviting others of the same persuasion to add to her vision.  You can visit her blog to view a list of designer contributors, all experts in their fields.

7. @Radecor (Rosyln Ashford)


Rosyln is a designer and a home stager, using her designer’s eye to help homeowners sell their homes faster, and for a better return.  Rosyln (or ‘Ra’) has taken her skill for fabric and furniture placement it put it to work for a goal-oriented approach to interior design. Visit her website at

8. @UrbanDecorSue (Susan Rapp)


Coming out of a merchandising and display background, Susan Rapp harnesses the power of tasteful furniture in a space to bring interiors to life.  Her talents in this field are matched only for her passion for social media, like Twitter, and her blog,

9. @PGraceDesigns (Paula Grace Halewski)


With her background in psychotherapy, Paula brings her keen understanding of human psychology into her work as an interior designer who incorporates “timeless attraction of beautiful, classic design married with contemporary elements”.  Read her blog at

10. @Barbara_Miller


Barbara’s dedication to family-friendly spaces in residences and businesses is rivaled only by her dedication as a parent.  But, these two loves feed each other, creating “functional design that will withstand the daily use of homeowner’s children, pets, friends, or customers”.  Read Barbara’s blog at

11. @GreenYourDecor (Jennae Petersen)


Jennae’s frustration with her struggles in finding eco-friendly products while designing inspired her to create her own design company and blog with eco-friendly design in mind on behalf of clients.  She delivers on style, and on sustainable materials and practices.  Visit her website at

12. @StarrMiller


President and Principle at her boutique interior design company, Starr has helmed projects featured on HGTV’s Save My Bath.  Her keen understanding of design principles, and her ability to really listen to what her clients are asking for have been the keys to her success.  Visit her website at

Read more: 12 Interior Design Gurus You Should Follow on Twitter | BuildDirect Building Materials Blog

I love to hear from you.  Please let me know how social media is affecting your business.


8 Responses to “Breaking News: Twitter and Interior Design”

  1. Janet Says:

    Does a blog make you a good designer or guru?

    I don’t think so…

    How does this change interior design?

  2. Rob J Says:

    Catherine! Thanks so much for the link to/re-printing my article. Thanks for your work, not only as a designer, but as a proponent of social media, too. It’s one of the reasons you made our list.

    I hope this is the start of a cooperative relationship on Twitter and here on our blogs, too. The more voices we have singing from the same hymn book the better. This is the kind of cooperative effort in promoting the Good Guys so as to make online experiences so much better for peers, and for customers/clients, too.

    Thanks again!

  3. inspiredu Says:

    I’ve created a blog to talk about design, crafts, interesting articles, etc. etc. and want you to be a part of it!

    You can subscribe to the blog on the top right of the home page. Also, please feel free to comment on the posts…your feedback will help me create the best blog for all things creative!

    If you have craft ideas, favorite stores, blogs or anything else you want to see advertised please email me at

    If you would like to exchange links or add each other to our blog rolls please email me at


  4. Content in a Cottage Says:

    Catherine…Love your new picture and your wonderful award. Congratulations! xoxo, Rosemary

    • averydesigninteriors Says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by my blog. As you know, I am an avid reader of content in a cottage.
      Here’s one of the great stories of social media – getting to keep in touch with you and calling you Rosemary after being Mrs. Beck all those years!
      I so enjoy reading your posts and keeping up with your whimsical take on all that is new from the stomping grounds of my childhood.
      See you again soon in the blogosphere.
      Fondest, Catherine

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